Joshua Brockman is an accomplished writer and multimedia journalist whose stories and photographs have been published by NPR, The New York Times, and Smithsonian, among many other national publications and broadcast outlets.
Brockman always carries his camera on assignments to document the visual story that unfolds as part of his reportage. He has photographed portraits, landscapes, and streetscapes during extended journeys to the Galapagos Islands, Morocco, Alaska, and the Southwest.
Whether photographing Fritz Scholder in his compound and studio, Santa Fe’s Indian Market, or the race for the X Prize, Brockman relies on his camera lens to capture telling details. The images then serve as springboards.
His passion for visual storytelling began at an early age when he enrolled in photography classes, experimented with SLRs, Polaroid cameras, and darkroom techniques, and made documentary films about his family’s history.
From 2008 to 2011, he covered consumer business, technology, and the arts for NPR as a reporter and producer—writing stories for NPR.org—and as a frequent contributor to Morning Edition and All Things Considered. During his tenure, Brockman conversed with Stevie Wonder about accessible technology, went shopping at a gun show in Virginia, and rode shotgun in the car that won the X Prize. He won accolades from colleagues and listeners nationwide for the humor and creative storytelling in his reports.
Brockman has also covered breaking news and feature stories on business, technology, and the arts for The New York Times since 2000.
Over the past two decades, he’s covered stories all across the U.S., from Alaska—where he explored Misty Fiords by sea kayak, reporting on the Forest Service’s efforts to help preserve cultural sites belonging to the Tlingit, Haida, and Tongass peoples—to New York City, where he worked as a field producer for ABC News and on Saturday Night Live’s short-film unit.
Brockman is a graduate of Amherst College, where he majored in 20th-Century U.S. History, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.